In response to their growing sense of insignificance, some architects have tried to regain a sense of power through what can best be described as mysticism. By importing arcane ideas from unrelated disciplines -- such as contemporary French literary theory (now outdated) -- by developing illegible techniques of representation, and by shrouding their work in inscrutable jargon, designers are creating increasingly smaller realms of communication, in order that they might inhabit a domain in which they possess some degree of control. Nowhere is this crisis more evident than in the most prestigious architecture schools.When I post about the idiocy of culture-studies and other academic fads, it's cathartic. When practitioners bemoan the self-marginalization of their discipline, it's encouraging. Even if suburbanization might be emergent in a way not easily tamed by zoning codes or taxes or high-end seminars.
(Cross-posted to 50 Book Challenge.)